Japan is home to a variety of English conversation schools that will gladly hire anyone with any university degree. This requirement is in place to prevent people from poorer countries in Southeast Asia from entering Japan.
Listed below are the most popular and widespread options available within Japan, each with their own requirements for teachers.
Aeon is a company of superior English teaching abilities that shirks traditional advertising. You won’t find any appealing television commercials, advertisements on trains, or even a good website. However, they make up for their public image shortcomings by offering classes taught entirely in English, with a focus on groups. Aeon is often regarded as the “secret Eikaiwa” among many Japanese, due to their large sign-up fees and hardened non-disclosure acts.
Named after the GABA receptors in the brain that react to alcohol consumption, Gaba is the only eikaiwa in Japan to have the best advertising. Ranging from marionettes to large thought bubbles, they influences many Japanese to pursue English education by subtly hinting that their abilities are non-existent. They are quite successful.
Their main competitor is Berlitz, which strives for an image of professionalism, in which Gaba tries and fails. Gaba excels in appearing to be a fun alternative to most of the stuffy man-to-man choices available on the market.
Many students have reported that they have learned some English through Gaba.
Once famous for dressing their employees in red uniforms to differentiate them from the local Japanese, ECC has shed the red jackets and their racist ways and adopted a “don’t ask don’t tell” policy when it comes to being a foreigner. Currently, their spokesperson in the famous “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, whose English ability exists.
At the schools, students are expected to arrive on time for their group lessons, or else they will be locked outside of the classroom, due to the strict “no late students” policy.
ECC is the only school that actively encourages teachers to touch the students during the lessons.
Widely regarded as the language school of choice for those who wish to pick up British accents, their enrollment number plummeted. Nowadays, students are able to learn correct English that isn’t littered (or rubbished) with superfluous ‘e’s in every word.
Although it took years for them to realize, Shane now teaches the more popular America version of English in addition to their traditional and unpopular version. Shane discriminates against American applicants, which is legally allowed in Japan.